My Baby – Week 30
Your 30-week-old is now beginning to understand dimensional space. You may see him try to sort toys and blocks by size. He is probably also fascinated with his reflection and games like peek-a-boo, where people or his favorite toys disappear and reappear.
Your little one is also growing stronger each week. You can see evidence of this not only in his crawling and movement, but also when you attempt to do something he is opposed to, like putting him into the stroller or changing his diaper. He can probably also now straighten his back and twist his trunk when he sits. His increased strength and ability to move means keeping a closer eye on him, and making sure to take all safety precautions. Use the straps on high chairs and strollers to ensure he doesn’t take a spill.
You may also notice that she is becoming more emotionally in touch with the people around her; laughing when other people laugh and crying when she sees other people cry. This is the first evidence of her developing a sense of empathy. She is learning how to assess and imitate the moods of those around her, all skills that are an important part of her social development.
Your little one will also learn a lot about the world through modeling your behavior. Children are like little sponges. Whatever they see, they are likely to repeat. This holds true for actions and words, so you might want to start practicing being on your best behavior in front of her. Even small things, like opening packages with your teeth or shouting when you are upset, will make a big impression on your little learner.
It’s important to keep in mind that all babies reach developmental milestones at their own pace. If your infant isn’t yet sitting up confidently, or cruising around the room, don’t worry. He should be up and around in no time. If you do have any developmental concerns, be sure to discuss them with your pediatrician.